The SF Bucket List: Everything You Need to Do Before You Die
If you do life right, you'll live and die in San Francisco. In which case you've hopefully got some time to cross all of these must-do, only-in-SF items off of your bucket list. If you do life wrong, you'll end up moving back to whatever boring town you came from. In which case you have less time to do all of these must-do, only-in-SF things, so get on it now!
1. Drive down the crooked part of Lombard StBonus points if you do it dressed like Mario Kart characters.
9. Eat dim sumHong Kong Lounge is a good place to start. Really, you should do this a million times before you die, though.
17. Celebrate PrideWave that rainbow flag!
21. Devour a bacon-wrapped hot dogOn Mission St. After midnight.
24. Go to the operaAnd also the ballet and the symphony.
25. Play the antique arcade games at Musée MécaniqueYes, it means going to Fisherman's Wharf, but that's fine because while you're there you can... clam chowder in a bread bowl.
31. Eat seafood at Swan Oyster DepotPeople have been lining up at this no-frills lunch counter since 1912 for very good reason.
34. Spend a day exploring the SFMOMA
Be sure to walk through (and Instagram) Richard Serra's Sequence while you're there.
35. Enjoy a drink in the back room at ToscaFiguring out how to get invited back there is all on you.
37. Run the Lyon St StepsWalking and/or just looking at the view from the top is also acceptable.
44. Go to at least one day of the Treasure Island Music FestivalAnd definitely ride the Ferris wheel while you're there.
46. Eat at a food truckEat every single food truck.
49. Eat "The Big Donut" at Bob's DonutsFinish it in under two minutes to get your $8 back and your name listed on the Hall of Fame!
54. Walk through the two-story Gingerbread House at the Fairmont HotelAnd then walk the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral.
55. Wait in line for the focaccia at Liguria BakeryBut get there early if you want to choose which of the 10 kinds you want or you’ll get “stuck” with onion.
56. Indulge in a super-sized sub at Submarine CenterAnd explore West Portal while you're there.
57. Spot the wild parrots of Telegraph HillPro tip: Telegraph Hill isn't the only place you can spot them. Keep an eye out in Cole Valley and Fort Mason.
59. Eat ramen in JapantownIt doesn't have to be the fried chicken ramen at Suzu Noodle House, but you won't be sad if it is.
60. Get a drink at every single one of SF's oldest barsYes, all 18 of them.
62. Explore the Sutro BathsAnd then get a cocktail at the Cliff House (before the sun goes down).
63. Eat the "fried with pride" fried chicken from Frisco FriedWith a side of waffles, of course.
65. Swim in the Pacific Ocean (sans wetsuit)
You can do it on New Year's Day with everyone else or whenever you're feeling brave, but it only counts if you dunk your head.
71. Sail across the bayDock at Sam's Anchor Cafe in Tiburon for lunch.
75. Grow old here
Herb Caen said it best when he said, "One day if I do go to heaven... I'll look around and say, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco.'"
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